Week 1: Compare and Contrast Assignment

Week 1: Compare and Contrast Assignment

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The purpose of this assignment is for learners to:

Improve their knowledge base and understanding of disease processes in Neurology

Have the opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills learned throughout all core courses in the FNP track and previous clinical courses.

Demonstrate the ability to analyze the literature be able to perform an evidenced-based review of disease presentation, diagnosis and treatment.

Demonstrate professional communication and leadership, while advancing the education of peers.

Demonstrate the ability to take information from assigned readings and translate it into the way you would describe it to a patient or family member in your own words.

Activity Learning Outcomes

Through this discussion, the student will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Interpret subjective and objective data to develop appropriate diagnoses and evidence based management plans for patients and families with complex or multiple diagnoses across the lifespan. (CO 1)
  2. Develop management plans based on current scientific evidence and national guidelines. (CO 4)

Due Date:

Wednesday by 11:59 pm MT of Week 1

A 10% late penalty will be imposed for discussions posted after the deadline on Wednesday of Week 1 at 1159PM MT, regardless of the number of days late. NOTHING will be accepted after 11:59pm MT on Sunday (i.e. student will receive an automatic 0). 

A 10% penalty will be imposed for not entering the minimum number/type of interactive dialogue posts OR not posting on the minimum required number of days (3 days). NOTHING will be accepted after 11:59pm MT on Sunday (i.e. student will receive an automatic 0)

Total Points Possible:  100 points


For Week 1 of the course there is no case study given to you by the Faculty. Instead you will be assigned two diseases to compare and contrast based on the first letter of your last name. This information will be posted in the Course Announcements under Week 1 Welcome as well as the “Assignment” portion of the Week 1 module and will change every session.

A comparison and contrast assignment’s focus is to identify and explore similarities and differences between two similar diseases. The goal of this exploration is to bring about a better understanding of both diseases.

Week 1 Part 1: Due Wednesday by 11:59PM MT MN

You will research the two areas of content assigned to you and compare and contrast them in a discussion post. NOTE: A comparison and contrast assignment is not about listing the info regarding each disease separately but rather looking at each disease side by side and discussing the similarities and differences given the categories below. Consider how each patient would actually present to the office. Paint a picture of how that patient would look, act, what story they would tell.  Consider how their history would affect their diagnosis, etc. Evaluation of mastery is focused on the student’s ability to demonstrate specific understanding of how the diagnoses differ and relate to one another. Address the following topics below in your own words:

    • Presentation
    • Pathophysiology
    • Assessment
    • Diagnosis
    • Treatment

Compare and contrast the following diagnoses as assigned:

Student Last Name -Topic

(Find the corresponding first letter of your last name to find your topic assignment for this discussion)

A-E Benign Positional Vertigo and Meniere’s Disease

F-J – Dementia and Delirium

K-O- Trigeminal Neuralgia and Giant Cell Arteritis

P-T = Post Concussive Syndrome and Traumatic Brain Injury

U-Z = Migraine Headache and Tension Headache


Throughout the Week: Participate in Interactive Dialogue with faculty and students responding to their Part 1 Discussion post moving the discussion forward.

**To see view the grading criteria/rubric, please click on the 3 dots in the box at the end of the solid gray bar above the discussion board title and then Show Rubric.






App Course Knowledge



Post contributes unique perspectives/insights applicable to the identified diseases. Demonstrates course knowledge by thorough, thoughtful, specific, evidence-based discussion of similarities and differences between assigned diseases in reference to:

ʉۢ Presentation (demographics, onset of symptoms, associated risk factors)

• Pathophysiology (knowledge demonstrated in original dialogue)

ʉۢ Assessment (physical assessment, diagnostic testing)

ʉۢ Diagnosis

ʉۢ Treatment

Evidence Based References 



Discussion post supported by evidence from appropriate sources published within the last five years. Focus of journal articles represents a logical link between the article content and the case study information.  In-text citations and full references are provided.

Interactive Dialogue



Presents diseases together and responds substantively to at least one peer including evidence from appropriate sources, and all direct faculty questions posted. Substantive posts contribute new, novel perspectives to the discussion using original dialogue (no direct quotes from sources)








Total CONTENT Points= 90









Discussion post presented in a logical, meaningful, and understandable sequence. Headings reflect separation of criterion outlined in assignment guidelines. 

Grammar, Spelling and APA Format



Reflection post has minimal grammar, spelling, syntax, punctuation and APA* errors. Direct quotes (if used) is limited to 1 short statement** which adds substantively to the post.

* APA style references and in text citations are required; however, there are no deductions for errors in indentation or spacing of references. All elements of the reference otherwise must be included.

**Direct quote should not exceed 15 words & must add substantively to the discussion




Total FORMAT Points= 10 pts




DISCUSSION TOTAL= 90 out of 100 points






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